In Syria alone, ISIS executes over 4,000 people in two years

ISIS carried out regular executions by beheading, shooting and stoning, as well as throwing people off buildings or burning them to death. (File photo: AP)

Over the last two years, ISIS has executed over 4,000 people in areas under its control in Syria, a monitoring group reported on Friday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights compiled a list of executions dating back to the declaration of the group’s self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ in June 2014.

Figures for the group’s executions in Iraq, where ISIS controls the country’s second largest city Mosul, were not mentioned.

In a one-month span this year, from February to March, 80 people were executed by ISIS in Syria. Of those killed, 37 of them were Syrian citizens, including a woman and a child, and 24 were members of the militant group.

The list showed that ISIS carried out regular executions by beheading, shooting and stoning, as well as throwing people off buildings or burning them to death.

The monitor said that the executions, which also included members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army, reached 4,144.

Those who were killed were charged with crimes such as expressing disapproval of ISIS, smuggling alcohol, or studying forbidden subjects, among other activities.

ISIS also considers cooperation with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, the Kurdish YPG forces and the US-led coalition striking ISIS areas a capital offence.

According to the report, the executions took place in the provinces of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Deir Ezzor, Hasakah, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, and the group’s de-facto capital Raqqa.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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